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Brother's War (2009)

Tino Struckmann , Hugh Daly , Jerry Buteyn  |  R |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tino Struckmann, Hugh Daly, Michael Berryman, Olivier Gruner, Hayley Carr
  • Directors: Jerry Buteyn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 26-MAY-2009
Media Type: DVD

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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Valiant freshman attempt, painful in every way. May 25, 2009
A story of Russian and German soldiers fighting on the Polish front, Spring 1945.

Let's get the laundry list out of the way. Average to horrible acting, a few pointless story lines, shaky cam style that ruins every battle scene, a music score that wrecks every other scene, multitudes of unfocused shots, a 5.1 sound that is mixed almost entirely wrong, rudimentary CGI, really fake hand to hand, artillery and high caliber rifles that had no recoil, and so on.

Now the good. Got to see some nice footage of nearby California (subbed for Poland), got to see my favorite mutant biker from Weird Science play a Russian, and that covers it. It had some emotional moments to it, and I give them props for showing multi-national cooperation in times of escaping Russian bad guys (German, Brit and whatever the gal was trying to be).

Special features: A multi-page screen text about the Freemasons. Putting aside the bad grammar and poor spelling, it contained some sad facts about their organization during the war. Also included is a nine-minute making-of showing the production team and extras doing their thing. Has some informative material on the props and rehearsals.

I give this two stars for the film and extras. I also noticed the few high rating reviews out there are from cast members, which I understand.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In a word, terrible February 12, 2010
I can only guess that this film is made to glorify the Masonic Order. Otherwise it is an inaccurate mess. The Germans are good, the Russians are evil, the Brit is plucky. The Polish nurse has OCD and can only think about helping wounded Germans. A characteristically inadequate backstory does not indicate she is a collaborator, which leaves the viewer wondering how she developed such complete amnesia about the utter destruction of her country at the hands of the occupying Nazis.
100 minutes of your life you'll wish you'd spent watching a better war film, which means almost any one.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever March 1, 2010
- Everyone thinking about making a movie should watch this to learn what not to do.

- Horrible, actors appear to have to be reminded when to say their lines, high school project quality.

Camera work
- Most scenes are out of focus, cameras move and pan when they shouldn't and don't when they should, shaky almost every scene, composition and headroom is always wrong, horrible headroom in every scene, all scenes have horrible camera angles. The camera lingers way too long after every scene. Don't think they used a stationary camera the entire movie.

Fighting scenes
- First fight scene shows soldiers standing and walking back and forth in the trenches without helmets. Fake, cheesy explosions and gun shots, soldier shooting pistol moves hand forward and back like a ten year old, hand to hand combat is horrible, guns have no recoil, gun shot wounds are never present in clothing. Cameras are always zoomed in too far to hide the horrible acting.

- Climactic the entire movie. Two soldiers walking down the road and they have full battle music blasting. Makes no sense. Music is all wrong.

There's so much more to write but I'm going to put in Band of Brothers and watch a good war movie. I'm upset I used a free Redbox rental on this movie.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. April 9, 2012
if you can make it through this movie without fast forwarding then your name should be engraved on a plaque and the president should give you a little pin.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Retired Army Guy July 25, 2009
The DVD cover for this movie, the one for my movie rental is different that the one shown here, is awesome and the whole reason I chose this movie. The DVD cover is the best thing about this movie. It's terrible in everyway. I love the accents, French, British, American and that's just the over actors playing the Germans. It's cliche, the writing is bad, the actors are bad. The plot is silly. Just don't bother.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional war movie. December 11, 2012
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A war film can be a success based on its drama or combat situation. This movie takes the other route of focusing more on character than military situations. I was impressed with the film and have enjoyed watching it repeat times.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a bad movie! This film is getting a bad rap here!!! February 9, 2012
Again, PLEASE take into consideration the movies other people are reviewing before judging whether or not their opinions on a war movie such as this are valid. I am NOT associated with this movie in ANY way, but it has gotten a VERY bad wrap here in the ratings department. For pity's sake, the highest ranked reviewer here, who only gave this film two stars, has hundreds of reviews on everything from Snuggies to Pencil boxes, and he gave "Rango" - the animated Johnny Depp lizard movie, five-stars and called that thing a masterpiece. I am a military history enthusiast, and if you are, you WILL like this movie. If you're not, then you will not like this movie - it's quite simple.
The reason there are so many bad reviews here is easily explained - this isn't Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, it's a low-budget independent movie filmed in Michigan and California. For the money they had to work with, I think they did a VERY good job and I was really surprised with what I saw. Most of the cast in this movie are WWII reenactors, so they're not professional actors. That being said, I think they actually did a better job than the "actors" who play most of the main characters. Because the movie relies heavily on reenactors, the equipment and uniforms used are spot-on and very impressive. You'll see G-43s, MP-44s, MG42s, PPSH's and they make good use of a nicely restored Hetzer, a Kettengrad, a Pak 75/40, at least one (maybe two) T-34/85 tanks, several nicely rebuilt Chevy and Ford German trucks, and a lot of little details you don't see in most big budget films because Hollywood doesn't think about those things - but reenactors do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly Terrible
Absolutely Terrible movie. Poorly written with an annoying background music throughout. Actors are amateurish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luca
1.0 out of 5 stars BROTHERS WAR
Brothers War weak acting,weak everything,good story was very unconvincing would definitely not recommend to my worst enemy a complete waste of money
Published 11 months ago by LEIGH john edward
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen
I love WWII movies and especially films that cover events beyond the US/UK fronts. So I really wanted this to work out. Unfortunately, not the case. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Olddreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for groundbreaking story
I just finished watching this movie on DVD. Brother's War deserves to be watched and recommended. The critical comments have to do with some problems with the low budget aspects as... Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by Sabakstynas
3.0 out of 5 stars A WWII movie of an old sort
This movie has a strange joining forces of a British officer and a German
who are prisoners of the Russian at the end of WWII. Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Roger Bagula
2.0 out of 5 stars Good plot potential - but somewhat of a let down.
At first the movie comes across as having the makings of a gripping story. The makers of the movie tried to capture the aspects of the period associated with the Russian advance... Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by JJ McC
1.0 out of 5 stars The absolute worst
My wife and I watch a lot of movies and this is by far the worst movie we've seen in decades. After a while we actually started laughing because it was so bad. Read more
Published on July 26, 2009 by D Ronald
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